Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner! I always get so excited for this time of year. The decor, the fun holiday spirit, and spending time with family. This year we are so happy to be joining a fabulous Holiday Hop with a bunch of other great bloggers. We each come up with a Handmade item for the holidays, and then share them all with each other and all of you too! See all of the other posts down below. And a huge Thank You you Jennifer of Smart, Fun, DIY for getting this all together!
For our DIY home decor project, we created a couple different kind of stockings for a market we went to just this last weekend. Well we loved how one of our ticking stripe stockings turned out so much, we just had to share it with you!
Here is what you will need to recreate these pretty little Christmas stockings:
Pleated Trim (We found it in store at Joanns)
Vicki pretty much knew what she was doing, but I didn’t at all! I did all the easy things and Vicki took over from there! She found a great resource to help with everything though. A video from Missouri Star Quilt Company. Check it out here.
1.) To begin we cut out a pattern on lightweight cardboard from an existing stocking and laid that on our fabric. To make it easy, fold your fabric before cutting to create both sides of your stocking.
2.) Next we pinned both sides of the stocking together inside out and stitched them together with our sewing machine. Be sure to use the same seam allowance for the outside fabric as you do for the lining!
3.) Trim the extra fabric off the seams, clipping the curves as you go around. (Optional: if your fabric is prone to fraying on the edges, use a zig zag stitch to finish it.)
4.) Turn the stocking right side out.
5.) Do steps 1 through 3 to create your lining, however, leave a 3 inch hole when stitching the lining together. You can leave it in the toe, or the side. Then leave your lining inside out.
6.) Next comes the cuff. Cut your pattern to the size of the cuff you want, plus enough for seam allowance.
7.) Then stitch the pleated trim onto the folded edge of the cuff.
8.) Put the right sides together and stitch the end of that rectangle together.
9.) Take the right side of the stocking and the wrong side of the lining and put them together one on top of the other. Put the cuff (now right side out) inside your stocking with the trim down.
10.) Add a tab in between the cuff and the stocking lining- loop side down. All your raw edges should now be at the top. Stitch these all together!
We definitely followed the video I told you about earlier, it makes it very easy! HERE is the link to the video. Sometimes it is hard to picture things when you don’t see someone doing it. (Which is how I am) so the video really helped!
After turning everything all right side out, you have your very own handmade stockings! These ticking stripe stockings are my absolute favorite!
I just love how we added those beautiful little pleats to the white cuff. I feel like the plain cuff complements the stripes wonderfully.
We took some of the stockings we made to the market we went to but these ones didn’t sell! We couldn’t believe that! Goodness, I would have snatched these up in a heartbeat! Vicki did a great job at finishing them off, and we now have some beautiful new decor for the house for now! I actually like these so much, that I think I’m going to make new stockings for my own family. Or maybe enlist Vicki to finish them for me! (Thanks in advance Mom!)
Don’t forget to check out all the other links for the home decor hop below!